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Purification Rituals

Jews considered

Themselves

Set apart

A holy people

Of Yahweh

—————

Clean

—————-

And when

Defiled

For any reason

There was

Purification

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Also before

Coming

In the presence

Of

Yahweh

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By sprinkling

Blood

Of animals

Killed

As sacrifice

For atonement

Of sins

————-

Before the tabernacle

Was installed

Commandments given

Leper healed

Dead visited

Or even a

Fungus infested house

Cleaned

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The Jews

Blood sprinkled

On the Ark

For purification

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Later in

Mosaic law

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By washing

Hands and clothes

And shaving hair

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In the new

Jesus wiped out

All this

———

The Sabbath

Keep it holy

———

He said

It’s not a sin

To heal

On a sabbath

———-

No fasting

On the Sabbath

Feast

The bridegroom

Is here

__________

Purification rituals

For women

On childbirth

Forty days

No coming before

The presence of God

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Mary followed

A jew

She came

For the presentation

To the Tempe

At forty days

—————

A tradition

We too

Followed

Till of late

—————-

It is mentioned

In the Bible

In the New Testament

We were told

————

No longer

We believe

Menstruation

Impure

Nor in

Ritual purification

—————-

Redemption

Of the firstborn

Of Jesus

In obedience

In obedience

Of the scriptures

——————

Our children

They are redeemed

By Jesus’ blood

—————

Now purification

Means consecration

————-

Two turtle doves

Mary bought

—————

Today

Don’t fly kites

We might injure

The pigeons

————-

As civilisation evolves

Our conscience

It pricks us even more

————-

Some kind of cruelty

To animals

Is banned

Even punishable

By law

————-

Except for

Consumption

————-

There too

We are trying

To find

Humane ways to kill

Or even

Not eat

————-

Religion is not

Rigid

It changes

We’re catholics

We don’t interpret

Literally

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Now we have

Baptism

Eucharist

Confirmation

Penance

Annointing

Marriage

————-

The outpouring

Of the Holy Spirit

To make us holy

—————

We must therefore

Look ahead

With one foot firmly behind

Accepting the new

But grounded in truth

————-

Not using

Verses singled

Out

To hurt

—————

Remember

The devil

Is also

A master

At scripture

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In Gods presence

We must come

Purified

Our hearts forgiving

Full of love

For God

And neighbor

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He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Mark 7:20-23 | NIV

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

Psalm 51:1-2 | NIV

The rituals of old

They don’t matter

We don’t have to take

Those turtle doves

Or wait forty days

As Mary did

It is Jesus

Who purifies

Washes away our sins

ews considered

By Jyothsna DSouza

I’m at home
With my children
With plenty of time
To read, teach, and muse

I believe if you have
The capacity
To do good
And others
They confirm
It is good
If it’s important
For many,
Not one
One must persist
To the end,
Till all one’s
Resources
Are exhausted

Man lives on hope

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